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Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta e Chiesa di Santa Fosca

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Address: Piazza Torcello, 30012 Torcello, Italy
Phone Number: 041 730119
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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One of the most beautiful churches in the world

The Basilica is simply stunning with two exceptional 11th/12th century mosaics that simply have to be seen. In particular, a very human Last Judgment that repays a long study.

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 4, 2016
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Greater London, United Kingdom
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Greater London, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

The Basilica is simply stunning with two exceptional 11th/12th century mosaics that simply have to be seen. In particular, a very human Last Judgment that repays a long study.

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

These are, in fact, two separate churches side-by-side on the island of Torcello. Santa Fosca is a dark, quiet little church that is beautiful in its simplicity. The basilica is a stunning example of byzantine mosaic work. The entire back wall (around the main door) is covered in intricate mosaic scenes of last judgement, among other stories. But most striking... More 

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Bromley, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

Let me explain the strange title. The Basilica, which is at least a 1000 years old, has truly spectacular Byzantine mosaics, especially the Last Judgement on the west wall. These are just by themselves worth the trip to this strange little island, whose population has fallen from some 20,000 in its heyday to 11 today (this was the number given... More 

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South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Is an old Basilica, was nice , Torcello is worth the visit, we will love to come and plan to have lunch here. We saw very nice restaurants, and seems to have locals as customers, not too many tourist. There is a cute store by the church.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

This is worth the trip if for no other reason than getting away from the crowds of Venice, and being in the countryside instead of the city. The churches at the end of the short walk are worthwhile seeing as well. There are some very nice mosaics, and the view from the bell tower is worth the climb.

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misty2323
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015 via mobile

Not as much tourists. A nice walk from the water bus stops, tranquil peaceful, you will see leftover sculptures, a silent unused fountain, very beautiful. Along the way there are some quaint restaurants. Even though I didn't stop for food, i will, the next time ! If you have enough time from burano, drop by here! We bought the tourist... More 

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Kernersville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

Traveling to Torcello by boat was part of our tour that included visiting the other islands of Murano and Burano. Our group mainly came to visit Venice's first cathedral on the tranquil island of Torcello where we saw evidence of the island's glorious past as it once flourished. The Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta was founded in the 7th century.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

The span of history represented here is amazing. Very few places are as special. Go and be amazed, you will not be disappointed

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Sacramento, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015 via mobile

It would be hard to believe that any tourist in Italy would not expect to contribute to the economy when visiting a basilica or a church.mi am always amazed at the ones that charge nothing. The art needs restoration as do the buildings and this grand basilica is no exception, it is in major disrepair. That said, this is a... More 

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Shoreline, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

according the our guide book no mention was made of an admission fee (Euros 5); nor did it mention that no photos are allowed inside. Well, we didn't have enough Euros left and took pictures on the outside instead (feeling pretty disgruntled) But here's what we had come for: impressive example of Venetian Byzantine architecture; one of the most ancient... More 

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